TOWN PLANNING SCHEME REVIEW

The advertising of the City's Draft Local Planning Strategy and Town Planning Scheme No. 2 is now closed.

Please check out our dedicated website www.yourvincentyoursay.com.au for all updates relating to this process.

Thank you for your submissions. The City is now compiling the submissions received and will be reporting the findings to the Council in September 2014. Please check the abovementioned website for further details.

The City of Vincent will have 5 new precincts, each with their own distinct character and town centre. The City held more than 30 events within these new Precincts during the advertising period. These include:

  • Mount Hawthorn
  • Leederville
  • North Perth
  • Mount Lawley / Highgate
  • Perth

During the 4 month advertising period the public were invited to attend one of the various events planned for each precicnt. The information nights contained a presentation by City Officers and Open Days allowed the opportunity for owners/occupiers to discuss how the proposed changes would affect specific properties.

The Draft documents can be downloaded here.

Following the advertising of the Draft Scheme, the documents will be reconsidered by the Council in September 2014, and then forwarded back to the WAPC and Minister for Planning for final approval. If you have any queries regarding the Scheme Review process or any of the proposed changes, please contact the City’s Strategic Planning team on 9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au or check out the Frequently Asked Questions below, answers can be found below the questions.

  1. What is a Town Planning Scheme?
  2. Why is the City of Vincent advertising a new Town Planning Scheme?
  3. How long is the City of Vincent advertising the new Town Planning Scheme for?
  4. What is the difference between the current and the new Town Planning Scheme?
  5. What is a Local Planning Strategy?
  6. Why is the Local Planning Strategy being advertised with the new Town Planning Scheme?
  7. Has the Minister for Planning forced any changes to the new Town Planning Scheme?
  8. How will I know if my property is affected?
  9. What if I don’t like the changes to my property?
  10. Will the changes affect my property value?
  11. How can I provide my comments to the City?
  12. What happens if I provide my comments after the cut-off date?
  13. If I email my comments to the City will they still be considered?
  14. What will happen if I submit a petition?
  15. If I provide my comments to the City, will it really make a difference?
  16. Will I be notified when my submission is received?
  17. Will my submission or any personal details be released to the public?
  18. When will it be considered again by the Council?
  19. Does the Minister for Planning have to approve the new Town Planning Scheme?
  20. When will the new Town Planning Scheme take effect?
  21. What will happen to the new Town Planning Scheme, Local Planning Strategy and Precinct Policies when local amalgamations occur?

  1. What is a Town Planning Scheme?

    The Planning and Development Act 2005 requires that all Local Governments maintain a Town Planning Scheme.

    It’s a legal document that regulates the zoning of land, ie: residential or commercial, and what uses are appropriate for certain areas. It also contains other important information relating to building and development standards across the City, ie: R Codings.

    This document forms the basis behind all planning decisions made by the City of Vincent, so if you’re a local property owner or landlord, it is likely to affect you in some way or another.

  2. Why is the City of Vincent advertising a new Town Planning Scheme?

    Local Governments are required by law to update the Town Planning Scheme every five years. When a new Town Planning Scheme is proposed, the document is required to go through a comprehensive advertising program where the public is invited to provide comments relating to what’s proposed in the new Town Planning Scheme.

  3. How long is the City of Vincent advertising the new Town Planning Scheme for?

    The new Town Planning Scheme is required to be advertised for a minimum period of three months. Advertising will commence from February 2014 until May 2014. The advertising period has been extended due to Term 1 school holidays, the Easter long weekend and ANZAC Day public holidays falling within that period. During this time, the City will be holding information sessions, open days, focus groups as well as sending a brochure to every landowner within the City, creating a dedicated website and many advertisements in the local newspaper.

  4. What is the difference between the current and the new Town Planning Scheme?

    There are many changes proposed by the new Town Planning Scheme. As well as changes to the zoning of more than 400 properties, various development standards within the Scheme have been either added or deleted which may increase or decrease development potential, depending on the property. The new Town Planning Scheme also reduces the number of planning precinct areas from 15 to 5.

    Generally, the new Town Planning Scheme is proposing higher densities and a greater mix of land uses along major roads, close to train stations and high frequency bus routes which is consistent with the State Government’s planning policy Directions 2031.

  5. What is a Local Planning Strategy?

    The Local Planning Strategy is a comprehensive planning document which intends to inform the new Town Planning Scheme. It was prepared based on the findings of the comprehensive Vincent Vision 2024 program run several years ago. This document identifies all of the key planning issues within the City and projects the needs of the City 20 years into the future. Guided by the comprehensive Vincent Vision 2024, the purpose of the Strategy is to recommend what course of action should be taken in the short term (by the Town Planning Scheme) to achieve set objectives. It covers topics such as population growth and housing, to transport and infrastructure. The new Town Planning Scheme should be read in conjunction with the Local Planning Strategy.

  6. Why is the Local Planning Strategy being advertised with the new Town Planning Scheme?

    The Draft Local Planning Strategy is required to be advertised before it is adopted by Council and endorsed by the Department for Planning. Given the Draft Local Planning Strategy and new Town Planning Scheme have been drafted consecutively, they are being advertised together prior so the public have a chance to comment on either should they wish.

  7. Has the Minister for Planning forced any changes to the new Town Planning Scheme?

    Yes. The Minister requested the City to make 104 changes to the original version of the Draft Town Planning Scheme submitted. Most of these were administrative and supported by the City. Further details relating to this can be found on the website.

  8. How will I know if my property is affected?

    A letter will be sent to the landowner of properties which are directly affected by any specific change to the Town Planning Scheme. A brochure will also be sent to every landowner within the City with general information about the changes, in addition to the information sheets and maps which are available, summarising the key changes to each of the five new precincts.

    If you would like to discuss changes that affect you or how changes to nearby properties may affect you, please do not hesitate to contact the City’s Strategic Planning Services team at mail@vincent.wa.gov.au or 9273 6000.

  9. What if I don’t like the changes to my property?

    The reason the City is advertising the new Town Planning Scheme is to get your comments on the proposed changes, whether you agree or disagree. If you do not agree with the changes proposed by the new Town Planning Scheme, you are encouraged to let us know by preparing a submission (letter) telling us the reasons why. The form will be available when the Town Planning Scheme and Local Planning Strategy commence advertising in February 2014.

  10. 10. Will the changes affect my property value?

    The City cannot comment on whether any of the proposed changes affect property values. It is recommended you get in touch with a licensed valuer or trusted Real Estate Representative to provide professional advice on these matters.

  11. How can I provide my comments to the City?

    There are various ways you can provide your comments to the City – however, we do prefer to receive comments on a legal ‘Comment Form’ (also called a Form 4). But you can make a submission by letter or email, this will still be considered.

    Information about how you can comment will be provided when advertising commences in February 2014.

  12. What happens if I provide my comments after the cut-off date?

    The City will still receive comments from the public after the cut-off date, however they will be marked as ‘late comments’ when reporting back to the Council. Don’t worry, they will be considered with all other submissions received. Unfortunately any comments received after Council has already considered all the submissions will not be taken into account.

  13. If I email my comments to the City will they still be considered?

    Our website will have available the legal ‘Comment Form’ called a Form 4 when advertising commences, which we prefer to receive comments on, however if you make a submission by letter or email, this will still be considered.

  14. What will happen if I submit a petition?

    A petition will be counted as a single petition and is considered a legitimate submission for a particular issue. Should a petition be received, a summary of the petition will be reported to Council and the number of petitioners disclosed.

  15. If I provide my comments to the City, will it really make a difference?

    Once received, your comments will be assessed individually and summarized in a table format. Council will be provided with this table which summarises all the comments received and whether City officers support or don’t support the submission, or whether the comments are simply ‘noted’. City officers will assess each submission on planning grounds, so any comments received should address planning issues and avoid non planning related matters.

    Based on the submissions received, the Council may decide to make changes to the new Town Planning Scheme, depending on the issue and level of community interest. The summary of submissions table will also be provided to the Minister for Planning.

  16. Will I be notified when my submission is received?

    Yes. A standard letter will be issued to everyone who provides comments confirming we have received your submission. You will then go on a database and be advised when the new Town Planning Scheme is going to be considered by Council and the outcome of that meeting i.e. whether it was adopted or deferred.

  17. Will my submission or any personal details be released to the public?

    No. The City of Vincent values your privacy. At no time will your personal details be made public. The summary of submissions to be reported to Council with submitter details will be a confidential attachment. The report to the Council will include a summary of submissions but your personal details will not be included.

  18. When will it be considered again by the Council?

    The advertising period closes in May 2014. Depending on how many submissions are received and the time it takes to summarise each of them and prepare a report to the Council, this may take several months. If you make a submission, you will be notified of the exact dates as they approach.

  19. Does the Minister for Planning have to approve the new Town Planning Scheme?

    Yes. Once Council has considered the submission received from the public and decided to adopt the new Town Planning Scheme, the City must then forward a copy to the Western Australian Planning Commission who make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning for final approval. The City is hoping to be able to provide the Western Australian Planning Commission a copy of the new Town Planning Scheme by the end of 2014. Once the Minister received the new Town Planning Scheme, there is no legal timeframe for it to be approved. This process can take anywhere from 6 months to 18 months.

  20. When will the new Town Planning Scheme take effect?

    The new Town Planning Scheme takes effect when the Minister approves the document and it is published in the Government Gazette. On that day, the old Town Planning Scheme becomes redundant and the new Town Planning Scheme becomes operational.

  21. What will happen to the new Town Planning Scheme, Local Planning Strategy and Precinct Policies when local government amalgamations occur?

    It is important the City has in place a strong and robust Local Planning Strategy, Town Planning Scheme and Precinct Policies which represent local issues and interests prior to local government amalgamations.

    At the time of amalgamations, the Town Planning Scheme of each affected local government will continue to operate until a new, combined Town Planning Scheme is prepared and implemented by the new local government.

    For example, in 1994 when the City of Perth was split and the Town of Vincent was formed, the City of Perth Town Planning Scheme continued to operate until the new Town of Vincent Town Planning Scheme came into effect in 1998.